No stories to tell with this image. Except that we had just been married for maybe two days and she was ready to get an annulment due to me starving and not wanting to stop at a Burger King for a fish sandwich when nothing else was open at 1 am on a week night morning.
I am not pleasant when hungry and tired!
So let’s get started. This was an image I have totally ignored for just slightly over 3 years. It just didn’t do anything for me. But when looking for an image to play with, I came across it and it now has quickly become one of my favorites. We start with the BEFORE image straight out of the camera, shot in jpeg only because I was afraid of RAW at the time. I cropped it to get in tighter. That is the only reason I decided to crop. No artistic explanation. No justification. It is my image and I can do with it as I please! 🙂
The next step was to adjust the highlights and shadows, blacks and whites. I added contrast and clarity and reduced the blue saturation shift to remove the cast from the metal banister.
I then exported the image into Perfect Effects 9 and added clouds which, for me, seems to add so much to an image.
I then used the preset that Stacy gave to me last month because I gushed over how much I liked it. Stacy’s a softy. Maybe if you gush enough she’ll send you something, too!
I now adjusted the contrast and clarity again!
I then lowered the exposure, removed more of the blue cast to the metal, adjusted luminance and removed the chromatic aberration which showed up as a red outline along the metal edges of the stairway and banister. And there you have it:
OK, so please visit Stacy’s Visual Venturing for boring rules and exciting photos.
And be thankful it’s not the other way around!
And please feel free to click on any of the images above to see a larger version.